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Whether you are a current undergraduate or graduate student, an incoming student, a parent or guardian, faculty member, staff member, or in any way involved in the Fairfield University community, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to remain an integral part of our campus life. Below you will find a host of helpful questions and answers regarding Fairfield’s plans for the fall 2020 semester and beyond, including important items on services, facilities, and events and programming.

As our community prepares to return to campus life, we will continue to update these FAQs, so please check back regularly for new and updated information.

Thanksgiving Break

The University has made additional testing available Monday, November 16, Tuesday, November 17, and Wednesday, November 18, for any student who would like to do a test prior to leaving for Thanksgiving break and who did not have a test Tuesday, November 10 or Wednesday, November 11. In addition, a limited number of tests have been reserved for student-facing faculty and staff on each of those days. Students who do not opt in to getting tested prior to leaving campus are strongly encouraged to test immediately upon arrival at their Thanksgiving destination and again seven days later. The Connecticut Department of Public Health also advises students to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive home.

View the CT Holiday Guidance PDF

To sign up for a testing time and date, please click on the following link by Saturday, November 14 at 4:30 p.m.:

Students who return home for Thanksgiving break will no longer be permitted to come back to campus and must complete their semester remotely. Students who have already been approved to remain on campus during Thanksgiving break, may continue to do so.

Students leaving campus for the Thanksgiving holiday, should plan their departure by November 20 at 6:30 p.m. The Office of Residence Life will communicate specific details related to the check-out process.

Students will not be able to gain access to campus from November 21, 2020 through the beginning of the spring semester without permission from the Office of the Dean of Students. Students should bring home all academic materials and anything else they may need to complete the fall semester and in anticipation of remote learning at the start of the spring semester.

Students currently in on-campus isolation or under surveillance (due to close contact with a Covid-19 case) have special status and will be contacted by Conference and Event Management for details regarding check-out timing and departure.

Students who requested to remain in University housing during and following the Thanksgiving holiday will be contacted by Residence Life separately with specific details.

Testing Information

This test is supplied by the Broad Institute, a joint initiative of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Please review their consent form stating that you agree to the testing terms.

This test is a self-administered nasal swab test, and we will have healthcare providers present and ready to guide you. Please bring your StagCard for registration purposes as well as a completed LiveSafe Dailey Health Monitoring Survey. Students experiencing symptoms should call the Student Health Center at 203-254-4000 ext. 2241.

Broad Institute has provided an information sheet and instructions on how to administer the test. Instructions will also be provided on site; these are provided to you so that you can familiarize yourself with the testing process. For more information on the testing program, please visit the Broad Institute

Test Results

Broad Institute will notify all participants via secure email if their test was negative within 48 hours. They will prompt you to register for access to their Care Evolve portal and create a username and password. (When registering please use the University’s address and zip code 06824).

If the test is positive, students will be contacted by the Student Health Center. Students who are positive for Covid-19 will be required to go into isolation for a minimum of ten days. It may be possible for a student to return home or utilize an isolation room at the Conference Center (former Dolan School of Business).

Students who are housed in the Conference Center will be offered Telehealth visits conducted by the Student Health Center and Counseling & Psychological Services. Students will be expected to continue with their courses remotely. For the sake of time and convenience, we encourage residential students to have a bag packed with your essential items so that if notified that you have tested positive, you are prepared to go directly into isolation.

With a positive test, contact tracing (interviewing) will begin to identify others who may have been exposed. Students who have been exposed will need to quarantine for 14 days.

General University Procedures

The University has selected the LiveSafe mobile application to conduct daily health monitoring for students, faculty, and staff. LiveSafe is already widely used across campus, and the health monitoring feature we will be using is integrated into our suite of applications. The instruction for downloading and using the application are provided below.

  1. Download LiveSafe from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. If you are a visitor or are unable to download the app, the daily health monitoring questionnaire can be accessed online
  2. Once downloaded, register with your name, phone number and university email address
  3. Select you affiliation (Student, Faculty/Staff or Visitor)
  4. Select Organization
    • Type "Fairfield University" in search bar
  5. Confirm registration with confirmation email

The Health Survey can be found on the home screen of the app, and can be filled out as follows.

  1. Open Health Verification Survey
  2. Enter name, university email
  3. Select affiliation
  4. Answer questionnaire
  5. Hit "Submit"
  6. Follow instructions on screen if you receive an “unhealthy” response.

The results of the LiveSafe daily Covid-19 health monitoring questionnaire — the green check mark or red 'X' response screen — will remain visible on the app as long as users do not close the app or hit "back" upon completion. If the app is kept open in the background, the survey response screen will remain for the day. Additionally, users will receive an email immediately after submitting the survey that contains the results of the completed questionnaire. The email can be opened right from the user’s phone and viewed and shown as many times as necessary. Users can also screenshot the results of their questionnaire so that they can save the response to their phone in the event they are asked to show their survey results at any time on campus.

Gathering in groups and impromptu social gatherings are highly discouraged. Students must wear a face covering and maintain at least six feet of physical distance from one another at all times during all social gatherings, regardless of whether it is being held indoors or outdoors. Social gatherings in University housing are limited to the number of individuals assigned to the residence plus two guests who also live in University housing. 

Gathering in groups of more than 10 is not permissible at any time, in any location, indoors or outdoors, without the approval of authorized University personnel. The University encourages residents to work with University staff and faculty to organize social gatherings in accordance with University, Town of Fairfield and State of Connecticut guidelines and directives. Students seeking to host social gatherings should seek guidance and/or approval from an appropriate office including, but not limited to, Residence Life, Student Engagement, Recreation, academic departments, or Conference and Event Management.

To best protect the health and safety of our employees, Fairfield has made several changes to campus facilities to ensure proper hygiene, education, and workspace well-being:

  • Signage has been installed throughout campus to remind employees of the importance of personal hygiene, social distancing protocols, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and personal protection requirements, as well as resource numbers to call for assistance (e.g., 211 State Covid-19 phone line).
  • Where necessary, we have reconfigured work areas to align with social distancing requirements.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensing stations have been installed throughout all campus buildings to encourage proper personal hygiene.

In anticipation of reopening campus to Fairfield students, faculty, and staff, the University’s facilities department has surveyed the heating, cooling, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems of each building on campus to determine air change and ventilation rates, as HVAC systems can help mitigate the spread of viruses by ensuring the proper number of air changes in a space and by introducing the proper amounts of outside air into the space.

Newer buildings such as the Charles F. Dolan School of Business and the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies have the code required air changes and are equipped with direct outside air systems (DOAS) that introduce conditioned (heated, cooled, and dehumidified) and filtered air into the space. Renovated buildings such as renovated Quad Dorms, Canisius Hall, and Donnarumma Hall have the air changes and included the introduction of DOAS units. The remaining campus buildings have been evaluated to ensure that the HVAC systems are fully functional and achieving the required air changes as well as the outside air. On a selective basis for facilities with older HVAC systems, the University has introduced bi-polar ionization technology to further enhance the air quality. This technology has proved effective in the past on pathogen reduction, particle reduction and odor reduction.

After completing this comprehensive review of the HVAC systems for all campus buildings, the systems operate as designed and provide adequate air changes as well as the percentage of fresh outside air to maintain healthy environments. The dorms have operable windows and fan coil units that provide appropriate air changes regardless of whether they are air conditioned or not.

Our Facilities Management Department has reviewed the floor plans and furniture layout for every classroom, laboratory, and simulation space in the various academic buildings to determine appropriate spacing in each location to accommodate six-foot distancing among each student and the instructor. Faculty will use this information as they construct the weekly course meetings for the fall semester to properly accommodate and ensure in-person engagement opportunities with all students throughout the semester.

The furniture in all classrooms is being reorganized to accommodate the required 6 feet of physical distance between students. As a result, the number of students meeting at any one time in a classroom will be approximately 50% the typical classroom capacity. Additionally, excess furniture has been removed. Every classroom has been supplied with hand sanitizer as well as wipes for cleaning surfaces. Hand sanitizers have been placed in public areas across campus.

A safe on-campus experience at Fairfield is our utmost priority. Fairfield will be providing cloth masks for all community members. Masks must be worn at all times in public including classrooms or when around other people. Individuals without masks will be asked to leave classes or dining halls etc. Once a community member enters a private space — a residence hall bedroom, a private office, or while eating — masks may be removed.

Masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others. This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting Covid-19 to others. Thus, in accordance with CDC guidance, use of such masks on our campus is not acceptable. An acceptable facemask will be provided if the student or employee does not have an alternate facemask available.

In order to address the increased need for cleaning and sanitization, Fairfield is providing cleaning sprays and disinfecting wipes near common areas and equipment such as printers, copiers, and coffee machines, so that shared equipment can be wiped down before and after use. We have also increased the frequency of cleaning on campus, with special attention given to shared spaces such as restrooms.

We also ask that employees refrain from using their colleagues’ desks, phones, and computers when possible. If such use occurs, please disinfect the shared item after.

Bathrooms in first-year and sophomore-year housing options will receive a thorough cleaning three times per week in addition to typical maintenance and cleaning. Plexiglass barriers have also been installed at sinks and urinals. Bathrooms in townhouses and on-campus apartments will also receive thorough cleaning in addition to being equipped with an array of cleaning supplies.

Testing & Contact Tracing

Twice weekly surveillance testing of a random sample of the University population will continue throughout the semester, with 5 to 10 percent of the community asked to schedule a test upon receipt of an email request. Selected participants will be contacted each Thursday to schedule a test for the following Tuesday between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m, or Wednesday between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you are selected for a test but not on campus for that Tuesday or Wednesday’s testing, please indicate this in your response; you will be required to sign up for the Tuesday or Wednesday of the following week.

If you have been in close contact, such as within 6 feet of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection for at least 15 minutes and do not have symptoms:

  • You need a test. Testing is recommended for all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection. Because of the potential for asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, it is important that contacts of individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infection be quickly identified and tested. Students that think they may have been exposed to the virus should contact the Student Health Center. Employees should contact their private health care provider.
  • Even if you test negative, students or employees who are considered closed contacts will need to be under surveillance (quarantine) and away from others for 14 days. When possible, students will be encouraged to go home. If not possible, students will be under surveillance in University provided accommodations. Meals will be provided. Students should continue their classes remotely. Daily check ins will occur by university staff via phone, email or text. The accommodations have a security detail presence.

You do not need a test unless recommended or required by your healthcare provider or public health official. If you are tested, you should self-quarantine until your test results are known, and then adhere to your healthcare provider’s advice. A negative test does not mean you will remain negative at any time point after that test.

Throughout the semester, the University will engage in contact tracing by the Student Health Center, working with the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies’ Doctor of Nursing Practice program and the Town of Fairfield Health Department. Those DNP students serving as contact tracers, along with professional staff members, will participate in three mandatory trainings prior to the start of their work: a five-hour Johns Hopkins method training, a State of Connecticut training for patient privacy, and a final training for usage of Connecticut Department of Public Health contact tracing software.

Students who are considered closed contacts will need to be under surveillance for 14 days. When possible, students will be encouraged to go home. If not possible, they will be under surveillance at a local hotel. Meals will be provided and students cannot leave their room for any reason. Students should continue their classes remotely. Daily check ins will occur by university staff via phone, email or text.

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms from Covid-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from Covid-19 illness. Look for emergency warning signs for Covid-19. If you are showing any of these signs or symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Call Public Safety at 203-254-4090 or call 911. Notify the operator of your symptoms and that you may have Covid-19.

Fairfield has recently moved its Student Health Center to a new, state-of-the-art facility in the heart of campus, attached to Jogues hall within the residential quad. In addition to Covid-19 related health concerns, they will provide comprehensive health services and mental health support for eligible students seven days a week.

Yes, Covid-19 testing is available at the Student Health Center for eligible students with possible Covid-19 symptoms and for students exposed to someone with Covid-19.

The University selected IHP as the best competitive choice among several other providers. As part of their testing protocols and business requirements, IHP, like other testing vendors, requires a signed release and consent form along with acknowledgement of HIPAA compliance. Since the University has engaged IHP to provide this testing service, the University is also incorporated as a party to this medical waiver.

While the University is requiring that these tests be completed prior to returning to campus, community members are not obligated to use IHP and may secure their own test through another provider and provide the results to the University within the established timeframe.

Students who are tested by an outside provider should submit their test results to or fax to (203) 254-4263.

Faculty and staff who are tested by an outside provider should submit their test results to the Office of Human Resources at

If you test positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication, and with improvement of other symptoms. When possible, students will be encouraged to go home to isolate. If not possible, residential students will be in isolation in University provided accommodations. Meals will be provided. Students should continue their classes remotely as tolerated. Daily health check ins will occur by licensed Health Care Professionals via phone or telehealth. The accommodations have a Security detail presence.

Students do not need a follow-up negative test to return to work or school, as long as

  • You did not require hospitalization, AND
  • It has been at least at least 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms, AND
  • You have been cleared to return to the campus community by the Student Health Center clinician.

Isolation will be required for all individuals who have a confirmed positive Covid-19 test result or are otherwise symptomatic, under investigation for Covid-19, or diagnosed with Covid-19 by a health professional even if your test result is negative.

Students who are considered closed contacts will need to be under surveillance for 14 days. When possible, students will be encouraged to go home. If not possible, they will be under surveillance at a local hotel. Meals will be provided and students cannot leave their room for any reason. Students should continue their classes remotely. Daily check ins will occur by university staff via phone, email or text.

Fairfield University will be testing our campus community twice a week. Fairfield’s Tracking Dashboard includes both those participating in this Surveillance Testing and all other Diagnostic/Contact-Traced Testing. The Tracking Dashboard excludes all repopulation testing completed to Welcome Our Stags Home. Fairfield has implemented a color-coded system that enables the University to respond appropriately to changing campus health conditions and enact mitigation efforts to contain the spread of the virus. The dashboard will be updated daily Monday-Friday.

State Holiday Travel Guidelines

It is very important for students to quarantine away from their families for 14 days before mingling or socializing with family members in their home environment. The quarantine could be at college before leaving, or once they arrive home. Students should check travel restrictions for their destinations before they go, and get a flu shot before they travel.

Students should seek testing before leaving college or immediately on arriving home, and then again at about Day 7 of their quarantine if at all possible. They should complete the 14-day quarantine even if the tests are negative. Students who have family members at high risk of complications from COVID-19 infection (over age 60 or with chronic medical conditions) should consider completing their quarantine somewhere other than with those high-risk family members.

It is important that students returning home from college not attend large social gatherings or reunions, which will pose a high risk for spreading Covid-19. Students should always wear a mask in public settings and on public transportation. If they are infected with Covid-19, have symptoms, or are within a mandatory quarantine period due to close contact with a known case, they should avoid public transportation if at all possible. Students should also:

  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not in their household
  • Wash their hands often or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching their mask, eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer

Students and families can refer to the CDC’s Thanksgiving Holiday preparation guidance for more information:

Spring 2021

Classes will begin on Monday, January 25; all coursework will be virtual the first two weeks of the spring semester. In-person learning experiences will resume on Monday, February 8.

A phased move-in process will begin no earlier than January 21, 2021. We will communicate to students the week of January 4 regarding specific move in details.

All students will need to participate in a mandatory testing program during the move in process. No outside tests will be accepted. Students will be sent a link the week of January 4 to set up their testing appointment/move in time for their designated move in process.

Students residing in a hot spot state or country under the CT State Travel Advisory might require a two week quarantine prior to the traditional move in process.

To maximize the time and opportunity for engaged learning in the classroom, Fairfield will not observe the President’s Day holiday in February or spring break week in March.

Fall 2020 Campus Life

Students living in University housing are discouraged from going home on weekends. We highly recommend that all students — those living in University housing, living at home with their families, and living off-campus — refrain from travel during the semester for their own safety and for the safety of others in the campus community. If students do chose to travel, they must keep in mind that they may be subject to quarantine upon their return based on current CT and federal travel advisories.

The Office of Residence Life is working closely with the Student Health Center and Facilities Management to ensure that all the amenities and high touch surfaces are cleaned regularly throughout the day.

Fairfield University dining has reduced the capacity in their main dining room to ensure six-foot distancing between small groups when eating. Fairfield has also identified additional eating locations throughout campus, in which students will be assigned to one dining location and will have the option for Grab and Sit or Grab and Go meal options.

The University offers a shuttle that travels into downtown Fairfield every 30 minutes, making periodic stops at the Fairfield Center train station, the Fairfield University downtown bookstore, Super Stop & Shop, the CVS drugstore/Marshalls plaza, and then back to campus. The campus shuttle departs from the front of the John A. Barone Campus Center traffic circle on weekdays beginning at 7 a.m. The last run of the campus shuttle is for drop off only, concluding at 10 p.m. On weekdays and holidays, shuttle service begins at 12 p.m.

For more information on campus shuttle service, as well as schedules and routes, please visit

Students will have access to the RecPlex, but will be required to follow all building policies and guidelines related to Covid-19. The Recreation Department is currently monitoring State guidelines, which include the following regulations: members are required to wear masks when entering and exiting the facility, moving about the facility, and while conversing at a close distance with others in the facility. Students will be required to bring their own water bottles, as fountains will be turned off, and are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat or blanket for stretching between workouts.

Beginning Monday August 3, masks or face coverings must be worn at all times and in all areas of the facility.

Locker rooms will be available for changing, but showers and towel service will NOT be available.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts has moved their Summer Intensives to online platforms, while their Missoula Children’s Theatre summer camps are canceled. The Quick Center will have further updates regarding future events, performances, and programming coming soon.

The Fairfield University Arts Museum will provide updates on future programming and events throughout the summer.

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) has decided to cancel fall sports competition due to continuing health and safety concerns surrounding the global Covid-19 pandemic, as voted upon by the MAAC Council of Presidents. A decision on whether fall sports competition would be feasible in the spring will be determined by the presidents at a later date.

The MAAC-sponsored fall sports at Fairfield University that will be affected by this decision are men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball. Additionally, Fairfield's field hockey program, which competes in the Northeast Conference (NEC), will not participate in competition this fall.

However, the MAAC Council of Presidents voted to allow athletically related activities and training opportunities for enrolled student-athletes, provided they are structured in accordance with each institution's procedures and applicable state regulations. Fairfield Athletics will continue to provide athletic, academic, and mental health support for all of its student-athletes.

All intercollegiate competitions this fall — both regular-season contests and scrimmages — for all other Fairfield varsity sports are also canceled. The status of Fairfield's winter sports schedule — specifically, men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's swimming and diving — will be addressed at a later date.

The Recreation Department is currently planning to proceed with LIMITED RECREATION programming, as the State of Connecticut has not put in place any restrictions for these types of programs. However, strict social distancing measures will be enforced, and the Recreation Department is actively determining what types of modifications will be enacted to safely administer these programs.

Fitness and group exercise classes will be moved to the fieldhouse in order to accommodate a maximum of 25 participants, which will need to observe 12 feet of social distance.

*Reservations will be required to participate in a Fitness & Group Exercise Class through IM Leagues. NO walk-ups allowed.

Club teams will not be permitted to travel on buses or use campus vans. Club sport practices will be limited to small groups of 10 individuals or less, and participants will be required to wear masks while not on the field/court. Intramural sports will also be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, given the level of physical content present in each sport.

*Club Sport competitions for the Fall 2020 semester has been canceled.

In accordance with recommendations from the State of Connecticut, individualized offerings, such as tennis, badminton, or pickleball, be considered. Further modifications to sports such as basketball, football, or soccer may focus on skills challenges instead of full competition. The Recreation Department will also continue to offer fitness and group exercise classes remotely, as well as a wide variety of e-sports competitions for students who are uncomfortable entering the RecPlex.

Student Clubs, Organizations, & Events

Clubs may host in-person meetings and events as long as the club ensures that the number of people in a given meeting space does not exceed the Latest Guidance on Social Gatherings from the State of Connecticut or the individual Social Distancing Capacity for that space as determined by the University (whichever is the lowest of the two numbers). For students who cannot attend in person, clubs should make accommodations for them to join the meeting virtually. Everyone at the meeting must abide by all University Covid-19 guidelines, such as practicing social distancing and wearing a face covering at all times. Club leaders must maintain an accurate list of attendees for all in-person meetings for contact tracing purposes.

While food and/or beverages are not permitted to be served at in-person meetings, clubs wishing to have food at a club event must contact the Council of Student Organizations and the Office of Student Engagement for approval. Each request will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

To limit the exposure of our campus community to Covid-19, clubs are not permitted to host off-campus club events, meetings, or fundraisers for the duration of the Fall 2020 semester.

Clubs wishing to host a bake sale or other fundraiser must contact the Council of Student Organizations and the Office of Student Engagement for approval. Each request will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Additional guidelines for fundraisers will be provided at a later date.

To limit the exposure of our campus community to Covid-19, the University is not permitting outside vendors for clubs to bring to campus for the duration of the Fall 2020 semester, except in rare circumstances. Clubs seeking an exception to this rule should make a formal request to COSO and the Office of Student Engagement.

To limit the exposure of our campus community to Covid-19, the University will not approve any club travel — within the state of Connecticut, within the United States, or internationally — for the duration of the Fall 2020 semester. Additionally, any club requests to rent a van, shuttle, bus, or other vehicle for the Fall 2020 semester will not be approved.

The Council of Student Organizations will be hosting office hours on Zoom. Each board member will have a specific day, time, and Zoom link that will be shared with all clubs. If you wish to meet with a board member in person, please email the Council of Student Organizations; all requests will be vetted by the Office of Student Engagement for approval.

Events for the fall will be offered through a number of different formats: in-person, virtual and hybrid. Students should read the descriptions on Life@Fairfield and/or check with the event organizer regarding the location (campus space or virtual link).

This semester, we will be utilizing Campus Labs® Event Check-in App to “scan” participants into an event into an event, rather than swiping their StagCards, as in the past. All students are required to have their unique Life@Fairfield Event Pass scanned upon arrival. Please refer to these directions on how to access and save your Event Pass to your mobile device. It is recommended that you download your unique Event Pass prior to arriving at Fairfield and to save it to your eWallet App on your mobile device for easy access all year.

Yes, all attendees will be required to RSVP to each event on Life@Fairfield and download their Life@Fairfield Event Pass on their phone to be “scanned” into the event upon arrival. This year, we will use the Event Check-in App to scan you into the event, instead of “swiping” your StagCard, as in the past.

To determine how many people the event can host in a given space, event staff will be abiding by whichever number is lowest between the CT Social Gathering Guidelines and the Social Distancing Capacity for that space. For example, if the Social Distancing Capacity for the event space is 55, but the CT Social Gatherings Guidelines for indoor spaces is still at 25, then 25 people is the maximum number of people that can be in that reserved space. Conversely, if the Social Distancing Capacity of the room you reserved is 10, but the CT Social Gatherings Guidelines for indoor spaces is at 25, 10 people is the maximum number of people that can be in that reserved space at one time.

Only faculty, staff, and students may attend an in-person event on campus during the fall semester. No guests or visitors — including immediate family of faculty, staff, and students — will be permitted to attend an in-person, on-campus event.

While we cannot yet predict plans for spring 2021, we are preparing for several academic calendar adjustments depending on the nature of Covid-19 by January, as well as the guidelines put forth by the State of Connecticut. Once we have more clarity on the spring calendar, we will provide more information regarding any changes to our spring event calendar.

Deferring Admission / Financial Aid

Yes, students may apply to defer their enrollment for the period of a semester or a year. Students looking to defer their enrollment should email Alison Hildenbrand, director of Admission, at

Their email request should include information about their plans during the period of deferral. During the deferral period, students may not enroll at another institution, though if they wish to pursue some academic work during the deferral this time, they may not earn any more than 11 credits. If more than 11 credits are earned, the student will need to reapply as a transfer student. If a student has earned a merit scholarship, their merit award will be honored when they do enroll at Fairfield University.

If a family has been affected by Covid-19 and has not yet appealed their need based financial aid award, they are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid to determine their eligibility to appeal their financial aid award.

The Office of Financial Aid can be reached at 203-254-4000 x4125 or at

Study Abroad

To ensure the health and safety of our students, all spring 2021 study abroad and study away programs are canceled. 

Graduate Students

At Fairfield, our priority is to ensure that graduate students have all the tools they need to succeed, both in their on-campus experience and in the workplace. Thus, we will continue to bolster professional development opportunities, as well as support the work of our Graduate Student Senate in the programming they produce for graduate students. Be sure to log in to Life@Fairfield to check for news and upcoming events, as well as your Fairfield email for any other events and opportunities for graduate students.

Off-Campus Students

Please track your symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and/or call the Student Health Center at 203-254-4000 x2241 for assistance.

Yes, you may come to campus to use resources such as the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, the RecPlex, and the Barone Campus Center. All students not living in University housing are not permitted to enter University housing buildings (residence halls, Town Houses and apartments).

This is allowed as long as you follow all directives in your lease, as well as the directives outlined by the Town of Fairfield and the State of Connecticut. Directives are subject to change at any time, so please make sure to review the guidelines for the town and state on the sites linked below:

Yes, all students are required to fill out the daily check in on the app.

Develop a Covid-19 plan now — discuss what you will do if you are exposed and or test positive for the virus with your housemates and families.

Prospective Students

For updated visit information, please review our Campus Visit Information page. We also offer virtual options. Take a Fairfield Virtual Tour, schedule a virtual information session, or schedule a meeting with an Admission Counselor.


Since early April, the University has instructed employees who were not able to work from home, or were out of work due to Covid-19 related reasons to use available paid time off, including the ability to run a deficit in their sick time balances to cover any shortfall.  In connection with the University’s Phase III reopening on August 24, we will return to normal payroll and time off policies and practices on August 21

Any employees who had a negative balance will be reset to zero, and once again, begin to accrue paid time off on a going forward basis. In cases where an employees may have extenuating circumstances such as traveling to/from hot spot states, being subject to quarantine or unable to work remotely, they should contact their supervisors who will work with Human Resources to determine the appropriate course of action.

Employees working on campus must wear a face mask or other cloth face covering that completely covers their nose and mouth. Masks must be worn from the time employees enter the building until the time they arrive at their cubicle/workstation, and any time they are leaving their work station and moving around common areas (e.g., in hallways and stairwells, going to the restroom, etc.). Employees working in congregate settings — areas open to the public, shared offices, or similar settings — must wear a face mask or covering.

If an employee works with cleaning chemicals, they are also required to wear gloves and eye protections. Employees may choose to wear their own face mask or face covering, if desired. If an employee cannot wear a face mask due to personal health or medical concerns, they are asked to contact HR to discuss options. If an employee works alone in a segregated space (e.g., a cubicle with walls, private offices, etc.), they may remove their mask while at work.

For any questions regarding the proper use of PPE, please contact Joe Bouchard, Director of Environmental Health & Safety/Fire Marshall, at

Visitors are required to bring and wear face masks or face coverings, unless doing so would be contrary to their health and safety due to a medical condition. If an employee has a visitor on campus, they are responsible for ensuring their visitor’s compliance with PPE requirements.

For any questions regarding the proper use of PPE, please contact Joe Bouchard, Director of Environmental Health & Safety/Fire Marshall, at

The CDC defines ‘immunocompromised’ persons as those considered to have the greatest risk of infection caused by airborne or waterborne microorganisms. If an employee believes they are an immunocompromised individual or at high risk for severe illness from Covid-19, please contact to request accommodation now or in the future.

The Student Health Center is strongly recommending all students and employees receive the annual seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine as per CDC guidance. The seasonal flu vaccine is particularly important for individuals with high risk medical conditions (such as asthma) and all individuals living in a residential college setting. Although there is not a vaccine for Covid-19, a robust campus community flu vaccination rate will decrease the incidence of respiratory symptoms and cough on campus. This is generally helpful in the Covid-19 era. Individuals vaccinated for flu are less likely to experience an extended illness or hospitalization, transmit flu to vulnerable individuals and/or require special diagnostic testing to distinguish flu from Covid-19. The Student Health Center is also recommending that students bring a digital thermometer to campus this fall for personal use. On-campus seasonal flu vaccine clinics are planned for the fall semester. Please call the Student Health Center with any questions about the flu vaccine and flu vaccine availability.

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As we continue planning to reopen and repopulate the facility, please know that the health and safety of our members is our number one priority. We will be observing both state and university guidelines, as we reconfigure the layout of the facility and update our policies related to the Covid-19 environment.

Faculty and staff who paid 2019-2020 membership fees will have access to the RecPlex starting August 3, 2020, through December 23, 2020, at no additional charge. Faculty and Staff will be able to purchase six-month memberships for themselves ONLY, beginning January 1 – June 30, 2021.

If you paid for a spouse or dependents membership, we hope to reopen to spouses and dependents March 1 – June 30, 2021. Allowing them to make up the four months they are owed from this spring.

Alumni & Friends

Stags for Stags gifts support the current needs of students who are financially challenged by providing critical financial aid, physical and mental health care, academic response for online learning, and personalized spiritual guidance.

Visit to learn more.

Partnering with the Career Center is another great way to help Stags. You can help launch Fairfield students’ and recent graduates’ careers through the Hire a Stag program. The program encourages alumni and friends to post jobs and internships on Stags4Hire, participate in virtual or in-person events like Career Fairs, Job Mock Interviews, Job Shadow events, and much more.

Learn all of the ways you can assist with students’ careers by visiting the Career Center’s For Alumni page.

You can stay connected with us by visiting and attending virtual gatherings, checking the Stags Come Home page for updates, or subscribing to receive Fairfield News@ publication.

As we continue planning to reopen and repopulate the facility, please know that the health and safety of our members is our number one priority. We will be observing both state and university guidelines, as we reconfigure the layout of the facility and update our policies related to the Covid-19 environment.

Members who paid 2019-2020 membership fees will have four months of access to the RecPlex, at no additional charge during this academic year. The RecPlex will be phasing in members, starting with students, faculty, and staff in the fall. During the second phase (Beginning January, 2021), we will begin to allow alumni, prep alumni, president, and loyola circle members access to the RecPlex. We will continuously evaluate state and university guidelines to determine an exact date for our phase two reopening.

If you paid for a spouse or dependents membership, we hope to reopen to spouses and dependents March 1 – June 30, 2021. Allowing them to make up the four months they are owed from this spring.


Dining Options for the fall will include Grab & Go or Grab & Sit options for all residential students, for either short- or long-term use. While there may be a possible transition to traditional, sit-down style dining at a later date, safety and social distancing are of utmost priority as Fairfield transitions back to on-campus life.

Dining locations for the fall 2020 semester will be allocated by residence halls:

The Tully Dining Commons:

  • Jogues Hall
  • Regis Hall
  • Campion Hall
  • McCormick Hall

The Oak Room:

  • Loyola Hall
  • Gonzaga Hall
  • Langguth Hall

Conference Center at Fairfield University

  • Claver Hall
  • Kostka Hall

Faber Dining Room:

  • Faber Hall

What are the dining hours?

Hour of operations are as follows:

Monday – Friday

  • Breakfast: 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Weekends & Holidays

  • Brunch: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4 – 9 p.m.

Students with special dietary needs should schedule a student as a specific dietary need, they are encouraged to set up a virtual meeting or phone call with Fairfield’s registered & licensed dietitian/nutritionist Mackenzie Gordon at to review and develop a plan.

Students will need to fill out the food allergy form available on and submit it to the Student Health Center in Jogues Hall. All special diets students will be provided meals from the Tully Dining Hall “Simple Servings” safe area.

Students with special dietary needs will dine in The Tully Dining Commons in the Barone Campus Center. If needed, meals for students in a quarantined area will be provided by Sodexo catering with meals delivered by University staff in full PPE coverings.

There are two voluntary meal plans available for the fall 2020 semester: one for use at The Levee only and one for use at the Conference Center at Fairfield University only:

Voluntary Plans at The Levee include:

25 meal block plan at $325

40 meal block plan at $500

Grab & Go option; Open 7 days/week from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Voluntary Plans at the Conference Center at Fairfield University include:

45 Meals + $225 dining dollars

$820 per semester

65 Meals + $250 dining dollars

$1,112 per semester

Learn more and sign up by visiting Students will need to sign in using their log in NetID and password, select plan, and hit submit. Students will get a confirmation email that their selection was received.

Students will be able to order from The Stag via the online app or kiosk ordering. Once the order is placed, meals will be handed to students in the queuing lines. Students also have the option of having meals delivered to the newly installed food lockers on the third floor in the Barone Campus Center. The Stag will not offer a sit down dining.

Dunkin’ in the Barone Campus Center is open via the online app and kiosk ordering. They will not offer walk up sales. Locations in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library and Charles F. Dolan School of Business will not be in operation.

All dining spaces have been equipped with newly-installed physical barriers (rails, guards, and stanchions), placed at all key entry, exit, and serving points. Increased signage reminding students of proper social distancing and hygiene have also been incorporated into all dining locations on campus.

All dining locations have been adjusted to account for proper social distancing. At all dining locations, a maximum of four seats are allowed per table with dining, with locations assigned by residence halls. Tables in each of these locations will be set up to allow for 6-foot social distancing. No guests or visitors will be allowed in any of the dining locations on campus during the fall 2020 semester. Dining locations will also employ a zero self-service model, in which typical buffet-style self-service will no longer occur.

The Tully Dining Common’s 750-seat capacity has been reduced to 320 seats. Four new dining halls have been added to account for decreased seating capacity: The Barone Campus Center Oak and Dogwood Rooms, Faber Hall Dining Room, and the Conference Center at Fairfield University.

Students will also have two additional dining options of Grab & Go Take Out or Grab & Sit, as well as two food trucks located at Alumni Hall on class days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (dining swipes, Stag Bucks, credit cards, and cash accepted).

Students will be able to move through dining hall locations in a 100% touchless manner. Entrance to each dining location will be granted in a Tap & Go fashion only with no swipe option available. Social distancing will be achieved in line formations with floor signs marking proper personal distancing, with dining staff guiding students to appropriate lines in all locations. Entrances and exits to all dining locations will also be equipped with touchless hand sanitizers to encourage frequent sanitizing.

Dining Hall staff will continue to serve a robust and varied menu, but they will do so by distributing all food and beverage to diners with no exceptions permitted. Serviceware and utensils will all be disposable; with our commitment to being green still ever-present, the University intends to return to reusable options whenever possible.

Sodexo Dining Services must provide a required “Return to Work” Covid 19 training (Virtual & In Person) to full-time, part-time and student employees that instructs on the following:

1. Workplace infection control practices.

2. Proper use of PPE.

3. Immediate and strong illness notification to Sodexo management for ANY Covid-19 symptoms in ALL Fairfield University dining facilities.

  1. In collaboration with campus operations at Fairfield University and Ecolab, Sodexo’s sanitizing products partner, high-quality sanitizing solutions will be used at all dining locations.
  2. Dining facilities will be closed daily from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. to allow campus operations and Sodexo dining services to perform a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of all dining kitchens, serveries, and seating locations.
  3. Fairfield has also added self-dispensing, non-touch hand sanitizers at each dining facility, which will be located at all entrances and exits from all campus dining locations.
  1. Dining facilities will continue heightened use of HACCP based food safety standard operating procedures (SOP’S) with additional ServSafe Sodexo management training.
  2. Fairfield has increased the frequency of disinfection as well as cleaning mandates for public facing serving areas with the use of plexiglass protection at all of those locations.
  3. Messaging and signage enforcing hand washing, face masks, and social distancing has been implemented.
  4. Employees dress are required to wear face masks at all times and wash hands and change gloves every 30 minutes.
  5. Fairfield Dining has added an additional production shift to allow for less cooks and chefs in the kitchen at one time.

Sodexo will establish a “six-foot kitchen” for food preparation. This concept has been presented via virtual training modules focusing on personal hygiene of chefs, cooks, and staff, PPE gear, cleaning of surfaces, accepting deliveries, food storage and food production.

Enhanced messaging emphasizing social distancing, handwashing, face masks, and additional dining options will be shared through a series of channels including:

Floor decals

Digital boards

Fairfield Dining’s Facebook, Twitter & Instagram accounts

For the duration of the fall 2020 semester, catered events will not be permitted on campus. However, limited delivery service with limited menu options will be available to offices on class days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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